Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, January 11th - Friday, January 15th, 2021

Wednesday Tutoring Help

Our Educational Assistants are now Tutoring via Zoom on Wednesdays!

Would you like some extra help for your child on Wednesdays? We have educational assistants available to help in 30 minute Zoom sessions. They can read with your child or help them complete their assignments in Seesaw.


Timeslots are every Wednesday between 8:30-10:30AM & 11:30-1:00PM. You're welcome to sign up for more than one timeslot as well!


Parent Sign-Up Info: Go to www.schoolbookings.net (code is: swug9)

Parents will receive an email with the time and Zoom link. Teachers have also added the assistant Zoom links to their Clever pages for easier access for students and families.

Lunch Buddies with Mrs. McDowell

An Opportunity for our 1st & 2nd Grade Students to Connect & Chat about Favorite Things!

Hello, Everyone!

I am happy to announce a fun social opportunity for all first and second graders.

Beginning on Wednesday, January 13, any first or second grader is welcome to drop in to one of our two virtual sharing “Lunch Bunch” groups.


The focus of one group will be Pokemon, and the focus of the other group will be Stuffies.

If your child is interested in sharing their common interest with other students and talking about it with them (with a little bit of guidance from me!), they are welcome to join at one of the links below at the following times:


“Pokemon”: Wednesday, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3 11:00-11:20

“Pokemon” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/j/96842334301


“Stuffies”: Wednesday, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3 11:30-11:50

“Stuffies” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/j/93348773397


I will also post a reminder each Wednesday with the codes as an activity on their SeeSaw page, so they can access the link directly from there as well.


These groups are totally optional, and are for any interested first and second graders. Stay tuned for information to come from our other counselor, Ms. Jones, about social groups for the older students as well!


I hope to see your students there!

~ Mrs. McDowell, K-2nd Grade Pacific Ridge Elementary Counselor

Picture Day is Coming!

Please save the dates!

Picture day is on the calendar! We will have a sign-up for timeslots through School Bookings (*in next week's newsletter) for Wednesday, January 27th from 8:00AM-4:00PM and Thursday, January 28th from 12PM-7:00PM.


Pictures will be taken in our new Pacific Ridge gym, 2000 Spruce Drive, Seaside, OR 97138. We will have signage and cones directing students and families. More details on our safety protocols and a map showing where to go will be included in our newsletter next week!


No purchase is necessary to participate in picture day! But if you would like to order pictures you will be receiving an email from Justin Grafton Studios with your students personal access code and instructions on how to purchase from the website/app. You can receive free shipping by purchasing AdvancePay credit before picture day. If you had already pre purchased a package your credit will be applied to this picture day.

Getting to Know our Kindergarten Teachers

Ms. McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher

Where did you go to school? Kent State University in Kent, OH

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? First year teaching in kindergarten!

What's your favorite subject to teach? Reading and writing

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math and art

Favorite hobby? Reading, painting, hiking, cooking

Favorite color? Pink

Favorite book? Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What made you want to become a teacher? I wanted to become a teacher because of my love for working with and learning from children. They see the world in such a positive way and I love watching them learn about the world!

Anything else? I am really excited to be a puffin this year!

Ms. Morgan, Kindergarten Teacher

Where did you go to school? Fairfield Highschool, Hocking Community College & Western Governors University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? Two years in outdoor education with middle schoolers, five years as a teacher assistant in Kindergarten, one year as a 2nd grade teacher & this is my first year teaching Kindergarten.

What's your favorite subject to teach? Science and Reading

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Creative Writing

Favorite hobby? I love hiking and traveling! When not teaching I spend time with friends and family.

Favorite color? Lavender

Favorite book? Right now my favorite book is Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why? Mr. Borgman my Highschool Pottery teacher. He was my favorite because he allowed a freedom of expression in the classroom that I had yet to experience through allowing me to create my own assignments.

Interesting fact? I have a 13 year old son named William who absolutely loves the outdoors and loves caring for animals.

Mrs. Johnson, Kindergarten Teacher

Where did you go to school? Curtis High School and Pacific Lutheran University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? Starting teaching in 1989. I have taught preschool, first grade and kindergarten.

What's your favorite subject to teach? Reading

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Science

Favorite hobby? I love to travel the world and experience different cultures.

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite book? Love Does

What made you want to become a teacher? Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher and work with kids.

Interesting fact? If I am not teaching or traveling you most likely will find me at a garage sale!

Miss Erin

Where did you go to school? I graduated with my Early Education Degree from Central Washington University and with my Master in Education from Lesley University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? I have been teaching Kindergarten for the past 6 years at Pacific Ridge Elementary. And before that I taught first grade half time at Cannon Beach Elementary.

What's your favorite subject to teach? I love to teach all subjects to Early Learners.

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? My favorite subject as an elementary student was writing.

Favorite hobby? I love to go hiking, traveling, and play games with my family and friends.

Favorite color? All colors!

Favorite book? I can’t think of a favorite....

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? My favorite teacher growing up was my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Montgomery.

Interesting fact? None that I can think of.

Mrs. M

Where did you go to school? I attended Seaside High School, graduated from Astoria High School, and graduated from Linfield College.

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? I have substituted for years and I have been teaching Kindergarten now for 3 years.

What's your favorite subject to teach? All of them, my favorite moment is when a student has that Aha! moment, that moment when they finally understand something that they were having a hard time with.

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Reading, and music were always my favorites in school, and when I got into college I loved social studies too.

Favorite hobby? I love to play with my grandkids. I also love to knit, sew, read, garden, and scrapbook, oh and bake.

Favorite color? Yellow, it is such a happy color.

Favorite book? I have many favorite books, books from when I was in grade school, more from when I was reading books to my sons, and now grandkids, and even more from reading as an adult. I can't pick just one title, I read a lot.

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why? I have many, many favorite teachers, and I probably decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the 5th grade. My teacher at the time was a very kind lady by the name of Mrs. Smith, and at the time we lived in Newport. She was amazing, kind, caring and engaging. The teacher I try to model myself after now as a kindergarten teacher was my sons kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Newton. Another wonderful teacher, that my boys remember to this day with love.

Interesting fact? I love being a kindergarten teacher, and thank you for sharing your students with me!

Calendar Reminders

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 18th ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ No School Today!
  • Wednesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 28th ~ Save the dates for Picture Day!
  • Monday, February 15th ~ President's Day ~ No School Today!

Our PTO still collects Boxtops!

How do we collect boxtops?

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Transportation Planning for Hybrid onsite instruction

Arrival and Dismissal

All families with students participating in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)/Hybrid will need to complete this form. Please click on the link below so that we know how your child will be getting to school and going home. Please complete this transportation form for each of your children who attend Pacific Ridge Elementary.


Even if you plan to drop off and pick up your child daily, we need this form completed so that we can take your child off of that bus route. This will make room for another child to ride the bus. We are restricted to a small amount of students who can ride the bus at one time.


Thank you!

Pacific Ridge Elementary School

Our office is now open 8-4PM at our newly remodeled Pacific Ridge Elementary School office!